As you may remember a few short weeks ago, we were able to hit a financial milestone; we became consumer debt free. With things being what they were for bringing in an income, we decided to get a loan for a new vehicle. Some would definitely say this was incurring more consumer debt, and I suppose technically it is. However, my ability to earn an income is dependant on my vehicle of choice, so the decision to do so was a no-brainer for me.
I would love to say we have no debt at all, other than the vehicle, but I would be lying. On one of the side pages, Expected Debt Payoff Dates, you will see that we still have some lingering debt, none of which is considered 'consumer debt'; at least not by us.
First and foremost is the money owing to The Tax Man. I have been having difficulty for the last three years determining how much income tax I will owe because my income fluctuates from year to year. Part of the problem in the beginning was that I never gave any thought that I would owe money, therefore I never saved any to give to the Tax Man. Gosh was that dumb!
Fast forward to yesterday. I get a nice letter in the mail from CRA saying they have tried to contact me with regard to my outstanding balance. (For the record, I haven't had any contact with them No phone calls, no voicemail, just my regular statements in the mail.) It seems that the Tax Man has just about run out of patience, and wants me to make a deal with him to get my taxes paid. Just in time to add on the 2012 taxes owing too. Woo hoo, am I excited! (If you didn't catch the sarcasm there.....)
I know that when I do call them, they will want me to commit to a repayment plan that will have all outstanding debt paid off in 12 months. Truthfully, I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to manage adding an additional $1000 per month payment to my already difficult budget. I don't know how to even incorporate an additional $500 payment to our budget. I guess its time to go back to the basics, look over the budget, and trim, trim, trim. I'll have to put every extra dollar not already earmarked for something toward this debt. The alternative is rather scary, to say the least. Do you have any idea what CRA can do to someone when the demand their money? It sure ain't pretty, I'll tell you.
I will call them and see what we can figure out. Hopefully, they will take it easy on me until I can get this mess sorted out.